The Improbable Issue No. 4: Range—from the Alphabetic to New York School Antics and Autonauts


This fourth issue of The Improbable has range—with seven unusual books from venerable long-time indie presses like Archipelago, Graywolf,  Granary, and New Directions/Christine Burgin to young(ish) upstarts like Penny-Ante, The Kingsboro Press and Siglio. Hybridity manifests, too, in diverse ways—from Joe Brainard's drawings, paintings and collages in Bean Spasms and The Nancy Book to the artifactual digital residue of Beau Rice's Tex and the physical artifacts of Robert Walser's Microscripts, the "photo-documentation" of Julio Cortázar and Carol Dunlop's Autonauts of the Cosmoroute, and the alphabetic play in Jeremy Sigler's ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. That range is even embodied in a single volume: If the Tabloids Are True What Are You? by Matthea Harvey exploits a number of media and methods in her own lovely brand of madness. I hope you'll find something new or see something anew in this issue, our most eclectic so far.

—Lisa Pearson

p.s. Look for a special issue at the end of May, emphasizing exactly the kind of books that are just too uncontainable, too expansive, too exquisitely unwieldy, to fit neatly into any BEA-styled category!